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    Transylvanian Saxons Came from Flanders?

    My great grandmother came from Transylvanian Saxon lineage and I am curious if the Transylvanian Saxons came from Flanders and not Germany. I know some Dutch people call themselves Saxons.

    Thanks for answering my previous question too. I'm an American of mixed ancestry and I'm trying to establish my correct ethnic genealogy.

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    The Transylvanian Saxons came in multiple waves, from many regions. It's said the first came indeed from Flanders, and Luxembourg and the Moselle Valley. But there were some who came from Germany too, like from its South.

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    Transylvanian Saxons are not specifically (Upper) Saxons, it is a nickname derived from the fact that they enjoyed the same legal status as the Saxon ore miners in Hungary.

    What is known about their origins is that they arrived in small numbers from a number of different places, Flanders among them, forming into a founding group of around 500 families that eventually used a variety of Mosel-Franconian as a common language, closely related to Luxemburgish and Ripuarian, perhaps even more closely to a dialect around Trier that is now extinct. Adolf Armbruster claims in Zur Herkunftsgeschichte der Siebenbürger Sachsen. Forschungen zur Volks- und Landeskunde that a settler group from Lower Lotharingia (Low countries) was instrumental in achieving this.

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